A house is like a mind that holds everything is a 5-channel immersive sound installation that examines the relationship between mental space and reality. In a constructed room that reads as a simple domestic residence, the artist’s voice, reading from various classical texts, emanates from multiple points and moves in and out of audibility. Using sound as form, the artist creates two overlapping experiences of space. If the physical space of the installation provides the experience of entering an individual’s private living environment, the soundscape acts as an entry point into their mental and emotional reality. While the physical environment remains static, the artist invites participants to follow the work’s soundscape through time, moving from uncertainty to clarity. Presenting these two overlapping experiences of reality, Whitmore asks how they shape and form one another, suggesting that our physical environment impacts our mental and emotional understanding, but also that individuals can draw on their own intellectual and personal fantasies in order to shape their experience of the outside world.
WHERE: Arlington Arts Center
WHEN: Opening Saturday October 13 6-9 pm
Exhibit on view October 13 - December 15, 2018
Metro Micro Gallery
3409 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
On the corner of Kansas Street and Wilson Blvd.
Metro Micro Gallery presents:
a site-specific installation by
pay it forward curator
April 14, 2018 - May 17, 2018
Meet the Artist Event:
Thursday April 19, 2018
7pm – 9pm
Ecdysis Harmonics examines the relationship between symbol and meaning using the
icon of the snake - a creature both feared and admired throughout mythology and
religion. A snake sheds regularly throughout it’s life, a process known as ecdysis,
continuously leaving behind a physical marker of it’s past state of existence.
“I am interested in the metaphorical concept of shedding within the emotional and
psychic realms, and curious to question how these experiences choose to manifest as
physical markers. Throughout the ages sacred spaces and music have been sought to
draw one into the depths and mysteries of the interior worlds. In this work I am providing
the personal physical markers using photographs, sound, thread and
crystal quartz, to weave together a space that forms a personal yet public vessel to be
explored and excavated.” - Dawn Whitmore
Working across media Dawn Whitmore’s site-specific installation integrates
photography, sculpture, video and sound to deconstruct archetypal symbols and their
associated meanings. Creating an immersive environment, Whitmore invites the viewer
to engage in a shared psychological space, a fantasy landscape of crystals, gold leaf,
shadows and refractions.
The Initiation is a sculptural/choral/performance piece that is the first of a long-term four part production. Four singers will perform a 12 minute work that combines voice and glockenspiel keys to delve into a mythical narrative inspired by the underworld. The music will be integrated into a life sized hut-like sculpture comprised of hand-built wooden ladders, positioned on the labyrinth at the Georgetown Waterfront Park (see map below for exact location).
The audience is invited to move around the structure and singers during the performance to experience the shifting tonal shapes.
Story and sculpture are by Dawn Whitmore, with the music by Stephen Gorbos. Performed by Deborah Sternberg, Rachel Evangeline Barham, Allison Clendaniel, and Shauna Kreidler Michels. This project has been generously funded by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
WHERE: Georgetown Waterfront Park in Northwest Washington, DC. The performance will be held at the labyrinth along the river at the bottom of 33rd St NW. Please see map below.
TIME: 4pm invitation with performance to start promptly at 4:30pm
COST: free/no ticket needed